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How Do You Know You Are Ready for Divorce?

This article raises some of the issues that you might want to consider in determining if the time is right for you to file for divorce—assuming that you have the ability to make that decision for yourself. Sometimes, your spouse files first (in which case, the items below will give you some things to consider to best prepare yourself for what is ahead), and other times, particularly where you or a child are enduring abuse, you don’t have the ability to wait it out until the “right” time.

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Protecting Your Children Before, During, and After Your Divorce

When you are struggling with the financial, psychological, and legal issues associated with a divorce, it’s difficult to remember that your children need more attention than ever before. The good news is that your children can successfully survive your divorce if you follow some basic commonsense guidelines. The following will help you provide for their needs at all stages of the process even as you face your own challenges.

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On Being an Active Participant in Your Divorce: Tips from Thirty Years' Experience as a Divorce Attoreny

Whether you are contemplating separation or in the midst of separating, in the early stages or in the thick of divorce proceedings, you are navigating a major life transition. After more than thirty years working with clients in the family law trenches, I can say with certainty that divorce is all about control. And a key component to getting and keeping control during this stressful time is being an active participant with your attorney.

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A Client's Guide to Courtroom Behavior

As societal norms have shifted over time, courtroom behavior and etiquette have also changed. Much of the counsel we as practicing attorneys provide to clients is rooted in the law, but we also advise clients on what may or may not be appropriate behavior in court, as your behavior may significantly influence the outcome of your case. As a general rule, each court is different, and some judges may be more relaxed than others and some are more formal. This article, however, is designed to be a resource for every client in every courtroom in the country on the norms of respect and decorum that should be observed.

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A Client's Guide to Courtroom Behavior

As societal norms have shifted over time, courtroom behavior and etiquette have also changed. Much of the counsel we as practicing attorneys provide to clients is rooted in the law, but we also advise clients on what may or may not be appropriate behavior in court, as your behavior may significantly influence the outcome of your case. As a general rule, each court is different, and some judges may be more relaxed than others and some are more formal. This article, however, is designed to be a resource for every client in every courtroom in the country on the norms of respect and decorum that should be observed.

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How Will My ART Lawyer Help Me with My Surrogacy Journey?

Building and growing your family through gestational surrogacy can be overwhelming, but the professionals involved can help you at every step of the journey. Gestational surrogacy in the United States, while complex, can be surprisingly simple if done right. Your ART (assisted reproduction technology) lawyer is a key member of a team that includes your reproductive endocrinologist, surrogacy and egg donation agency professionals, psychologist, insurance agent, immigration lawyer, estate planning lawyer, and obstetrician. Your lawyer may be the one professional who is present with you at every step along the way, so it is important for you to choose the right lawyer and work closely with him or her. Your lawyer can help you choose the other members of your team.

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How Will My ART Lawyer Help Me with My Surrogacy Journey?

Building and growing your family through gestational surrogacy can be overwhelming, but the professionals involved can help you at every step of the journey. Gestational surrogacy in the United States, while complex, can be surprisingly simple if done right. Your ART (assisted reproduction technology) lawyer is a key member of a team that includes your reproductive endocrinologist, surrogacy and egg donation agency professionals, psychologist, insurance agent, immigration lawyer, estate planning lawyer, and obstetrician. Your lawyer may be the one professional who is present with you at every step along the way, so it is important for you to choose the right lawyer and work closely with him or her. Your lawyer can help you choose the other members of your team.

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